Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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2.7/5 rDev -26.8%
Appearance: Pours jet black with a thin brown head. Recedes to a cream color lining around the edge of the glass. As the beer warms the head completely disappears. Hardly any lacing to speak of.
Smell: Banana bread, fruit cake, gingerbread, cloves, nutmeg, coffee, and a hint of cinnamon. Like smelling potpourri.
Taste: Initial taste of banana bread followed by a brief appearance of ginger, cloves, and cherries which disappears under a spicy, potpourri blast of flavor. Whoa! Resides to a subtle aftertaste of hops with more potpourri left in the nose. After you’re done wincing from the potpourri there’s that toasted, coffee malt aftertaste that reminds you that you’re actually drinking a stout. Slight warmness from the alcohol.
Overall: Hard to drink because of the overwhelming spice notes. Tastes like Christmas at Yankee Candles. Make sure you have some water handy. Overall it was an interesting experience but I will not be seeking it out again. At least it had a cool label.
11-18-2012 05:15:49 | More by CowsandBeer
4.23/5 rDev +14.6%
Christmas in a bottle! Great stout with a hint of ginger cinnamon and nutmeg ! A must add to your holiday table!
A smooth rich flavor!
Dark brown coloring
Smell is of a little bit ginger and cinnamon
I really enjoyed this as an after dinner beer
Great dessert beer!
11-18-2012 05:01:32 | More by ACD
3.28/5 rDev -11.1%
22oz bomber poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.
Appearance- Dark brown to light black in color with 2 fingers of tan head that has great retention.
Smell- Slight hints of ginger and clove.
Taste- Follows the nose on the up front flavors and then finishes with an average stout backbone.
Mouthfeel- Medium but doesnt work well with the strong clove flavor. Would be beteer suited for a heavy mouthfeel.
Overall- Decent attempt at the concept. Coming from someone who doesnt really like many Sam Adams, this would have to be one of the better products that Ive had from them.
11-17-2012 02:33:18 | More by BrownAleMale
4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
A - Pours dark and thick into a glass. Midnight body with subtle amber hue at the base. Darkened head with abundant lace.
S - Spiced toastiness.
T - A robust amount of spice the hits then dissipates, but doesn't finish as well as you want it to. Peaks early, then clears, leaving more alcohol on the finish, then an Imperial stout should.
MF - Lathering and smooth, with a little element of pestering carbonation.
O - I was excited to try this beer. And I'm sure I judged it much higher than my peers. Truth be told, for a 9% beer, it didn't totally live up to it's name. But, it wasn't a disappointment. This beer needs to be served during the holiday season, among other flavorful beers. It's not overly impressive, it's not overly impressionable, but it definitely serves it's purpose.
11-16-2012 05:39:00 | More by genitempo
4.28/5 rDev +16%
I poured a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance- Black in color with a fingers worth of dark tan head. Fair amount of sticky lacing.
Smell- Dark roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
Taste- Dark roasted malt with a strong flavor of gingerbread. Notes of cinnamon and nutmeg with a bit of alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel- Full bodied, smooth, and silky. Nice amount of carbonation.
Overall- Pretty good stout. Very interesting combination of spices with a stout. Feels and tastes more like an imperial stout than a milk stout.
11-12-2012 14:36:34 | More by scratch69
3.15/5 rDev -14.6%
A: black/drk brown body, khaki brown, solid lacing
S: ginger, clove, nutmeg, choc, malt
T: ginger, chocolate, malt, low roasted finish
M: med/light body, smooth mouth
O: ok sA offering. won't seek out again.
Not must have. needs to be thicker.
SOLID, NOT MUST HAVE!
11-11-2012 23:21:15 | More by BeerLover99
Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.